Cystitis refers to a condition in which the bladder becomes swollen as a result of a urinary tract infection or UTI. Cystitis isn’t serious in and of itself when it’s treated quickly. Continue reading to learn about the cystitis diet.
Left as-is, cystitis can cause serious complications.
Individuals with this condition may feel pain and discomfort as well as notice one or more of the following symptoms:
There are different types of cystitis including Interstitial Cystitis, which is a lifelong disorder that cannot be cured but managed. Since doctors often use the term “cystitis” when referring to bladder inflammation caused by a UTI, for the purposes of this article, we’ll explore what you can do to prevent UTIs – the underlying cause of the disease.
Cystitis is relatively common in women. It affects millions each year, many of whom have recurring episodes. Men, too, are popularly diagnosed with UTIs. A doctor’s intervention is usually recommended to rule out other underlying conditions, in addition to getting the correct dosage of antibiotics – the standard of choice for treating UTIs.
If you’re a woman who gets UTIs more than three times within a 12-month period, it may be related to your diet. Some foods are researched to trigger urinary tract infections, and we’ll explore some of these below.
According to Prevention Magazine, The Washington University School of Medicine completed studies confirming that our diet plays a significant role in how well the urinary tract fights harmful bacteria.
Another factor to contemplate when formulating a UTI fighting plan is whether it’s wise to always rely on antibiotics.
Common bacteria that cause cystitis, such as E.coli, may not respond to antibiotics due to excessive use. This bacterial resistance to antibiotics can be compared to insect repellants that are used in the same location numerous times. Over time, the insects become immune to the treatments and new alternatives have to be devised.
Similarly, in the fight against cystitis and subsequently UTIs, more women are looking inward vs. outward to change the outcome – for good.
Here are a few ingredients to add to your cystitis diet:
Now that we know the cystitis diet let's learn what foods to avoid.
Many of us already know that carbonated beverages trigger a host of health issues, including cystitis. As a result, it’s best to stay away from sodas and energy drinks.
There’s more you can do besides changing your diet to prevent cystitis. Some tips include:
When home remedies don’t work, it’s time to see a doctor. Give yourself the gift of good health by maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as visiting a medical provider for frequent checkups.